Melissa Hilpert becomes Rural Metro’s first female fire chief | Business

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Melissa Hilpert, a 22-year firefighting veteran, has become the first female fire chief in the 75-year history of Rural Metro Fire, a private firefighting company founded and based in Scottsdale.

Hilpert assumed his duties overseeing the Rural Metro fire stations in the Yuma area of ​​southwestern Arizona this month, the Yuma Sun reported.

“As a woman, I think it’s important to let other women know that there can only be a barrier to their success if they allow it,” Hilpert said.

Hilpert began her career with the Rural Metro Fire as a reserve firefighter and EMT in 2000. During her tenure with the company, she has also served as a certified paramedic firefighter, wildland firefighter, crew chief, diver Rescue, Emergency Medical Service Captain, EMS Chief and Deputy Fire Chief.

“I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment to have been appointed Chief of our Yuma Operations,” she said. “I am fortunate that with very few exceptions, I have always had the support of my peers and leaders to steer my career in any direction I was willing to take.”

Now a unit of Global Medical Response, based in Greenwood Village, Colorado, Rural Metro operates in 18 states, according to its website.

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